We grilled outside several times over the holiday weekend and it
made me wonder about the origin of the word barbecue. WT is
an old Kansas City guy, where the BBQ is excellent, by the way. I
did a little research and found that the word barbecue entered the
English language in about 1657 and came from the Spanish word
barbacoa, which is a framework for roasting meat or fish. The
Spanish word originated from the Haitian Arawak word barbakoa
meaning "tree house", likely referring to the image conveyed by the
roasting framework made from sticks or poles. By 1733 the word
referred to "an outdoor meal of roasted fish or meat". An inaccurate
folk etymology origin of the word, claims that BBQ came from the
time when roadhouses and beer joints with pool tables advertised
Bar, Beer and Cues. According to this tale, the phrase was shortened
over time to BBCue and then to BBQ, which is now a common
abbreviation of the word and is spelled either barbecue or barbeque.
So, there you have it.
Mammy: Oh now miss Scarlett you come on and eat juss a little
Scarlett: No! I'm going to have a good time today... And do my
eating at the barbeque
Mammy: If you dont care what folks says about dis family I does!
I is told ya and told ya that you can always tell a lady by the way
she eats in front of folks like a bird and I ain't aimin' for you to go
to Mr. John Wilkes and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog!
Scarlett: Fiddle-dee-dee! Ashley told me he likes to see a girl
with a healthy appetite!
Mammy: What gentlemen says and what they thinks is two
diffrent things, and I ain't noticed Mr. Ashley askin' for to marry you.
Scarlett: [Turns around slowly to face Mammy then throws her
umbrella and stuffs food into her mouth]
Mammy: Now don't eat too fast. Ain't no need for it come right
back up again!
Scarlett: [With her mouth full] Why does a girl have to be so silly
to catch a husband?